Duke Has Surged Over UNC in March Madness Odds

With their recent surge, Duke is now being taken more seriously by oddsmakers as a threat to win it all.
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Duke and North Carolina have been neck and neck all season, ranking in the top ten nationally and battling it out for the ACC regular season championship. With stacked rosters containing talented upperclassmen, the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils have two of the best rosters in the entire country. This gives them a chance to compete deep into the NCAA Tournament.

Their odds on sportsbooks reflect this reality. On Fanduel Sportsbook, Duke and UNC are tied with the sixth-best odds to win the national championship at +2300, only behind Connecticut, Purdue, Houston, Arizona, and Tennessee.

Duke Surging in March Madness Odds

On the other hand, Duke is slightly favored over North Carolina to make the Final Four. Duke has the sixth-best odds (+430) to be one of the four teams in Phoenix on April 6. The Tar Heels are right behind in seventh place with +480.

This is a big shift in Duke's favor, who was behind their rivals all season in terms of title odds.

Duke has won eight of their last nine games since losing to North Carolina on February 3. They won every game by at least eight points and lost their only game in a tough battle on the road against Wake Forest. There aren't too many teams playing better basketball than the Blue Devils right now.

North Carolina has similarly righted the ship after they struggled with complacency following the Duke win. Now, they have won five straight but it has seemingly not done enough to convince oddsmakers to put them above Duke.

The Saturday matchup in the final regular season game of the year should give us a better indication of which team is a more serious threat to win it all in March Madness.

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